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Factors Shaping Clergy Careers in Protestant Denominations

Ministry is a unique profession. Unlike lawyers and doctors, the ministry field has many low pay, low-status positions and only a few opportunities for senior pastor roles at the top.... read more >

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Asian American Religious Leadership Today

Protestant Asian American churches are drifting toward denominational autonomy and evangelicalism. Catholic Asian Americans are better integrated into the Roman Catholic Church but still experience an overall sense of being... read more >

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Search all Louisville Institute’s Grant-Related Publications

Since 1990 the Louisville Institute has funded projects by scholars, academics and practicing clergy that enrich the religious life of American Christians and encourage the revitalization of their institutions. Summaries... read more >

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Explore Studies on Christian Faith, Life, Leadership and Institutions

Between 1991 and 2009 the Louisville Institute’s Summer Stipend program offered grants to academics and pastors to engage in summer research projects related to Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership,... read more >

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Explore Studies on Contemporary Pastoral Leadership

Between 2007 and 2009, the Pastoral Leadership Grant Program of the Louisville Institute supported research and reflection by pastors and academics on the conditions of contemporary Christian ministry, the nature... read more >

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Jackson Carroll on Pastoral Leadership

Drawing on the massive information collected in the Pulpit and Pew study, Jackson Carroll discusses contemporary pastoral ministry in this informative interview. Though most clergy are happy in their vocation... read more >

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Clergy Salaries: Market and Mission

Historically, clergy salaries have ranged anywhere from the clergy and laity shared all resources, to where clergy were land-holding nobility. Today the market-driven professional model predominates. This Methodist clergy salary... read more >

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The Deeply Satisfying & Frustrating Vocation of Ministry

The pastoral vocation is deeply satisfying for the vast majority of practicing clergy. Yet, those same clergy express a deep sense of frustration in their efforts to reach people with... read more >

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Review of Mainline Protestant Clergy Leadership Literature

Three themes tend to dominate leadership literature written after 1968: the transformed perspective of race relations, the de facto disestablishment of mainline Protestantism, and the significant decline in the numerical... read more >

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What Preachers are Reading

According to a 2001 survey of nearly 2,600 active clergy, the average clergy person spends four hours aweek reading in addition to what is required for a sermon or teaching... read more >

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Watchfulness, Vision and The Future

It's a good word for the church. In his instructions to the church at Colossae, Paul asks his readers to be watchful....

Poll Out on Prayers of the Non-Religious

For many non-believers, it is an instinctive response to a crisis: “Please, God.” So perhaps it should not be...

Sermons for President's Day from Indiana University

War of 1812 in the collections of the Lilly Library at Indiana University:   Before the War, The War - 1812...

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